Revisiting 2012: Reading

I’ve been meaning to get to this post for awhile now, and with the kid, the framebuilding, work, and more craziness in 2013, I haven’t been able to sit down and really dig into my booklist analysis. So, here’s some insights into my reading list from last year. (For the list of titles and thoughts on them, along with my movie-watching, please refer to my 2012 Media Intake posting.)

Overview

I read a lot of science fiction, which is typical. I also read for entertainment more than anything else and was very quickly grabbing time wherever I could, as the kid kept me pretty busy. Two books really sucked the life out of me — Stephenson’s REAMDE, which was a letdown from about a third of the way through, and 1634: The Ram Rebellion, which completely annoyed the shit out of me. The former took over a month, the latter took a month.

Number of Books Read

41

Pages

15722

Averaged 59.3 pages per day for the year, with an average book length of 383.5 pages. Meaning that I was finishing a book every 6.46 days on average.

Genre, Re-Reading, and Series

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82% of the books I read were science fiction. Crazy. Since 2012, I’ve tried to vary things a lot more.

Of the books I read, 88% of them were entirely new to me. 98% were in electronic format, and 59% of them were not part of a series.

Progress Graphs

First, here’s the graph of book completion. On a day I finished a book (or multiple books as sometimes happened), I logged a note of the date and the number of pages. Click for a larger view.

book page completion graph, 2012

From there, we obviously jump to total page completion over time. As usual, click to embiggen.

total pages, 2012

You can hybridize these into a single chart, broken down by month, rather than day, and see where the big spikes were (January — spent a lot of time in the NICU, and August — not sure why August was huge. I’ll have to check.)

monthly breakdown

And lastly, average page count. Click.

average pages per day, 2012

Awards

Favorite Author: Hugh Howey
Favorite Series: WOOL (Hugh Howey)
Favorite Non-Fiction Book: The Power of Unpopular by Erika Napoletano
Favorite Fiction Book: How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe by Charles Yu
Biggest Letdown: REAMDE by Neal Stephenson

Learning

Having a kid will seriously cut into your reading time.

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